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Ideal for graduates wishing to develop a career in the language-related industries. Taught by experts, providing current and critical knowledge of applied linguistics. Read more
  • Ideal for graduates wishing to develop a career in the language-related industries
  • Taught by experts, providing current and critical knowledge of applied linguistics
  • Provides training in established and cutting-edge research methodologies
  • Connects theory with practice in real-world settings
  • Offers flexibility and choice, using small-group teaching, to suit individual needs and academic interests

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Second language learning principles
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Approaches to discourse analysis
  • Issues in bilingualism
  • Corpus linguistics

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Graduates from our postgraduate programmes enter a range of careers worldwide, including teacher training; university research, teaching and leadership; testing and assessment; directing, managing or teaching roles within language teaching institutions.



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Prepare for a career in bioarchaeological research, the commercial sector or heritage management. Focus on issues such as gender and the life course, childhood, migration, diet and health. Read more
  • Prepare for a career in bioarchaeological research, the commercial sector or heritage management
  • Focus on issues such as gender and the life course, childhood, migration, diet and health
  • Join a world-leading Department with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research
  • Benefit from dedicated laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities

What will you study?

Compulsory modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • issue and Debates in Bioarchaeology
  • Research Skills and Career Learning

Optional modules include:

Bioarchaeology 

  • Human Bioarchaeology 
  • Food and Culture
  • Zooarchaeology 
  • Applications of Micromorphological Analysis 
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
  • Climate Change and Human Communities
  • Our Closest Cousins? Archaeology of the Neanderthals 
  • Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology 

Medieval Archaeology 

  • Viking Interactions in the West 
  • Colonisation and Cultural Transformation: the archaeology of crusading 
  • The Medieval Landscape 
  • Analysing the Medieval Townscape 
  • Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology

Old World Archaeology 

  • Interpreting Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain 
  • Themes and Approaches in the Study of Mesopotamia 
  • Material Cultures and Identities in the Roman Empire 
  • The Archaeology of Money: Coins, Power and Society 

Placement and Career 

  • Archaeological Graphics 
  • Research and Enterprise Placement 
  • Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement 
  • Management of Heritage Assets 
  • Quantitative Methods 

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our graduates go on to full-time employment within archaeology and related consultancies or units, museums and government agencies. Up to one third continue their academic career through doctoral research. In recent years, graduates have been successful in obtaining appointments with heritage agencies (Historic England, National Trust) and universities, including Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter and Newcastle.



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Choose from a diverse range of options covering the full extent of the Middle Ages (AD 400-1600). Learn to integrate social and scientific techniques. Read more
  • Choose from a diverse range of options covering the full extent of the Middle Ages (AD 400-1600)
  • Learn to integrate social and scientific techniques
  • Prepare for a career in research, the commercial sector or heritage management
  • Become part of a Department with one of the world’s largest groups of medieval archaeologists
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art facilities

What will you study?

Compulsory modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • Issues and Debates in Medieval Archaeology
  • Research Skills and Career Learning

Optional modules include:

The Social World of Medieval Archaeology 

  • Viking Interactions in the West
  • Colonisation and Cultural Transformation: the archaeology of crusading 
  • The Medieval Landscape
  • ONE Language option with the IWLP 
  • Medieval Latin and Palaeography 
  • Theoretical Approaches to archaeology 

Bioarchaeology

  • Human Bioarchaeology 
  • Food and Culture 
  • Zooarchaeology 
  • Applications of Micromorphological Analysis 
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 
  • Climate Change and Human Communities 

Placement and Career 

  • Archaeological Graphics 
  • Research and Enterprise Placement
  • Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement 
  • Management of Heritage Assets 
  • Quantitative Methods 

You may also select Old World or Environmental Archaeology modules.

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our graduates go on to full-time employment within archaeology and related consultancies or units, museums and government agencies. Up to one third continue their academic career through doctoral research. In recent years, graduates have been successful in obtaining appointments with heritage agencies (Historic England, National Trust) and universities, including Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter and Newcastle.



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Develop and enhance your knowledge of archaeology through a selection of specialist modules that suit your chronological, geographical and thematic interests. Read more
  • Develop and enhance your knowledge of archaeology through a selection of specialist modules that suit your chronological, geographical and thematic interests
  • A flexible degree that prepares you for a career in research, the commercial sector or heritage management
  • Become part of a world-leading Department with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research
  • Take thematic and skills-based options that integrate social and scientific techniques
  • Benefit from dedicated laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities

What will you study?

Conmpulsory modules include: 

  • Dissertation 
  • Research Skills and Career Learning

Optional Modules include:

Theory 

  • Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology 
  • Issues and Debates in Medieval Archaeology 
  • Issues and Debates in Bioarchaeology 
  • Quantitative Methods 

Old World Archaeology 

  • Our Closest Cousins? Archaeology of the Neanderthals 
  • Interpreting Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain 
  • Themes and Approaches in the Study of Mesopotamia 
  • Climate Change and Human Societies
  • Material Cultures and Identities in the Roman Empire
  • The Archaeology of Money: Coins, Power and Society 

Medieval Archaeology

  • Viking Interactions in the West 
  • Colonisation and Cultural Transformation: the archaeology of crusading
  • The Medieval Landscape 
  • Analysing the Medieval Townscape 

Bioarchaeology 

  • Human Bioarchaeology 
  • Food and Culture 
  • Zooarchaeology 
  • Coastal and Maritime Geoarchaeology 
  • Applications of Micromorphological Analysis 
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 
  • Climate Change and Human Communities

Placement and Career Options

  • Archaeological Graphics 
  • Research and Enterprise Placement
  • Research and Enterprise Micro-Placement 
  • Management of Heritage Assets

Please see our modules outline for further information.

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our graduates go on to full-time employment within archaeology and related consultancies or units, museums and government agencies. Up to one third continue their academic career through doctoral research. In recent years, graduates have been successful in obtaining appointments with heritage agencies (Historic England, National Trust) and universities, including Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Exeter and Newcastle.



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Practical design for printed books and ebooks, delivered by practising designers through projects and assignments. Theory and history, taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops. Read more
  • Practical design for printed books and ebooks, delivered by practising designers through projects and assignments
  • Theory and history, taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Access to the University’s special collections, ensuring a truly hands-on experience
  • Close to resources, including historic libraries in Oxford and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Book design: practice (design projects)
  • Book design: core (seminars and essays)
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our graduates have an excellent employment record. Many take up positions in type design studios, with publishers and general design studios, and wayfinding and information design studios. Others develop their own businesses, or take up managerial roles in creative firms. Employers include Apple, Monotype, Microsoft Typography, Victoria & Albert Museum, Oxford University Press, Financial Times and Nokia.



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Study Rome’s history, archaeology, topography, demography, art and architecture, from antiquity to the present. Typically includes one term’s residential study at the British School at Rome. Read more
  • Study Rome’s history, archaeology, topography, demography, art and architecture, from antiquity to the present
  • Typically includes one term’s residential study at the British School at Rome
  • Department rated third in UK for the quality of its publications
  • Tailored ‘Approaches to Rome’ module thoroughly prepares you for your time in Italy

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Approaches to Rome
  • Latin or Italian
  • City of Rome (taught at the British School at Rome)
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our Classics MA programmes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research. 

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.



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A multidisciplinary programme focusing on the reception of ancient literature, art and culture in the modern world. Longest-established Reception postgraduate programme in the UK. Read more
  • A multidisciplinary programme focusing on the reception of ancient literature, art and culture in the modern world
  • Longest-established Reception postgraduate programme in the UK
  • Department rated third in UK for the quality of its publications
  • Suitable for graduates from any arts or humanities discipline

What will you study?

Modules include:

  • Approaches to the classical tradition
  • Ancient Greek or Latin (or a modern language)
  • Research methods
  • Special options: literature, history, art and archaeology
  • Dissertation

What career can you have?

Our Classics MA programmes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research.

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.



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Wide-ranging expertise covering ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome; the Bronze Age to the twenty-first century. Taught by world-leading experts. Read more
  • Wide-ranging expertise covering ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome; the Bronze Age to the twenty-first century
  • Taught by world-leading experts: Reading Classics was rated third in UK for quality of its publications
  • Study in the Ure Museum, the fourth-largest collection of Greek ceramics in the UK
  • Greek and/or Latin tuition available from beginner’s to advanced level

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Approaches to classics and ancient history
  • Ancient Greek or Latin (or a modern language)
  • Research methods
  • Special options: literature, history, art and archaeology
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Our Classics MRes programmes equip you with vital transferable skills for a range of career paths. They also provide ideal preparation for a PhD and further academic research. 

Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, finance, museum curatorship, teaching, human resources, manufacturing, the police, information management and academia.



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University of Reading Department of Art
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Join a vibrant community of artists, writers and curators focused on the entrepreneurial education in the business of art. The Art pathway develops your individual practice and research within a collaborative environment with opportunities to engage in public exhibitions and curatorial projects. Read more

Join a vibrant community of artists, writers and curators focused on the entrepreneurial education in the business of art.

The Art pathway develops your individual practice and research within a collaborative environment with opportunities to engage in public exhibitions and curatorial projects. Modules draw on the research strengths of Art at Reading in a distinctive blend of critical practice and theory. Together we map the contemporary art world exploring the production, dispersion and critical analysis of art and its institutions. An International Study Visit module offers an opportunity to experience major galleries, museums and collections. Other modules cover entrepreneurship, management and intellectual property law, and these are shared with the other pathways.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Critical practice or dissertation
  • International study visit
  • Mapping the art world
  • Management in creative and cultural industries
  • Entrepreneurial management for creative artists

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Students studying creative enterprise normally progress in entrepreneurial careers, either pursuing start-up opportunities on their own or taking leading managerial roles in creative firms.

Many students come from backgrounds with considerable exposure to small- or medium-sized enterprises within the creative sector. On completion of the programme they use content from the course in the implementation of creative and commercial strategies for these firms.



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Have ambitions to pursue a career in the fast-growing creative sector? This programme combines leading academic expertise from the School of Arts and Communication Design and Henley Business School. Read more

Have ambitions to pursue a career in the fast-growing creative sector? This programme combines leading academic expertise from the School of Arts and Communication Design and Henley Business School. It will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to progress in entrepreneurial careers within start-ups and creative firms.

  • Develop strategic and creative thinking skills and learn to apply design thinking to business
  • Major themes include information design, service design, user experience and brand identity
  • Suited to those who wish to advance their career in the design industry
  • Modules in design practice, entrepreneurship, management and intellectual property
  • Access to dedicated studio facilities

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Strategic information design
  • User-centred design methods
  • Management in creative and cultural organisations
  • Financing for entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual property law: copyright and design

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

Students studying creative enterprise gain the skills and expertise to progress in entrepreneurial careers, either pursuing start-up opportunities on their own or taking leading managerial roles in creative firms.



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The MA Creative Enterprise allows you to combine your passion for the arts with studies in law, management and entrepreneurship. On the film pathway, you’ll learn filmmaking skills, explore debates about style and meaning, and develop your understanding of industry trends and practices. Read more

The MA Creative Enterprise allows you to combine your passion for the arts with studies in law, management and entrepreneurship. On the film pathway, you’ll learn filmmaking skills, explore debates about style and meaning, and develop your understanding of industry trends and practices.

This MA programme is a collaboration, taught by three world-renowned schools at the University of Reading – the School of Arts and Communication Design, Henley Business School and the School of Law. You will be based in the department of Film, Theatre and Television, situated at the heart of the University’s Whiteknights campus.

The film pathway is ideal for those looking to develop a career as a filmmaker, creative producer, film programmer, or in the creative industries more generally. From the start of your studies you will engage with key critical ideas about film art, while modules on entrepreneurship and management prepare you for professional work in this dynamic and creative field. To complete your studies, you will either write a dissertation or produce a short film.

The facilities and culture at our Minghella Studios are ideally suited to the MA Creative Enterprise; here you will be encouraged to collaborate, explore and experiment, and learn from prestigious scholars as well as experienced industry professionals.

As a Creative Enterprise student, you will also benefit from working alongside those on other Creative Enterprise pathways (such as Communication Design and Art), opening up even more opportunities for you to build connections, and to enrich your understanding of the creative industries.

What will you study?

Modules on the MA Creative Enterprise (Film Pathway) may include:

  • Film Production
  • Film Aesthetics
  • Film and Moving Image Culture
  • World Cinemas
  • Film Festivals and Film Programming
  • Management in the Creative Industries
  • Entrepreneurial Management for Creative Artists
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

The MA Creative Enterprise is designed to improve the skills and employability of people passionate about the arts. Graduates of the programme will be in a strong position to pursue start-up opportunities on their own, take managerial roles in the creative sector, or embark on further scholarly research into the arts and creative industries.



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The MA Creative Enterprise allows you to combine your passion for the arts with studies in law, management and entrepreneurship. Read more

The MA Creative Enterprise allows you to combine your passion for the arts with studies in law, management and entrepreneurship. On the theatre pathway, you’ll explore theatre practice and its critical contexts, learn about the importance of programming and curating in the contemporary theatre landscape, and deepen your understanding of industry trends and practices.

This MA programme is a collaboration, taught by three world-renowned schools at the University of Reading – the School of Arts and Communication Design, Henley Business School and the School of Law. You will be based in the department of Film, Theatre and Television, situated at the heart of the University’s Whiteknights campus.

The theatre pathway is ideal if you are hoping to develop a career in arts journalism, theatre management and administration, entrepreneurial projects in theatre and the creative industries, or arts teaching and research. Our students are encouraged to make the most of our excellent connections to the creative industries right from the start of the course.

You will join a vibrant, supportive department, based in the world-class Minghella Studios. Our teaching is informed by expertise in a range of contemporary-theatre themes, and our community of academic staff has a longstanding commitment to scholarly excellence and research through practice.

While studying on the theatre pathway, you will also benefit from working alongside students on other Creative Enterprise pathways (such as Film and Art), opening up even more opportunities for you to build connections, and to enrich your understanding of the creative industries.

What will you study?

Modules on the MA Creative Enterprise (Theatre Pathway) may include:

  • Contemporary Theatre and Performance Practices
  • Transnational Theatre Landscapes
  • Institutions and Infrastructure
  • Theatre Programming and Theatre Festivals
  • Management in the Creative Industries
  • Entrepreneurial Management for Creative Artists
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

The MA Creative Enterprise is designed to improve the skills and employability of people passionate about the arts. Graduates of the programme will be in a strong position to pursue start-up opportunities on their own, take managerial roles in the creative sector, or embark on further scholarly research into the arts and creative industries.



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Academic training for prospective and practising diplomats, civil servants, or academics. Combines the theory and practice of contemporary diplomacy. Read more
  • Academic training for prospective and practising diplomats, civil servants, or academics
  • Combines the theory and practice of contemporary diplomacy
  • Benefit from British diplomats and officials who contribute valuable insight into current challenges and processes
  • Develop transferable skills, including research, policymaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Select from a range of optional modules to suit your individual interests

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Contemporary diplomacy (core)
  • Terrorism in a globalising world
  • Building peace after civil war
  • Governance, security, development
  • Dissertation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

We provide lots of opportunities for you to develop transferable skills for your future career. Our graduates move on to a wide range of roles, including UK ambassadors, military officers, members of the SAS or intelligence analysts, bankers, political analysts, university lecturers, staff college lecturers, journalists, officials in international organisations or police officers.

Others have gone into industry, teaching, local government administration, charitable foundations or Parliament.



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University of Reading Department of Economics
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Gain a deeper understanding of economic fundamentals, and the origins and likely long-term consequences of contemporary economic policies. Read more
  • Gain a deeper understanding of economic fundamentals, and the origins and likely long-term consequences of contemporary economic policies
  • Learn how to apply rigorous economic analysis to deepen our understanding of the past
  • Compare economic growth and living standards across space and time using both qualitative and quantitative approaches to historical data
  • Make an original contribution to our understanding of past economies through your research dissertation

What will you study?

  • Research methods
  • Current themes in economic history research
  • Approaches to ancient trade and navigation
  • The archaeology of money: coins, power and society
  • Topics in the history of finance

What career can you have?

Thanks to the possibility of building your own pathway within our MA programme, you can specialise in your preferred area.

You may continue your academic development with doctoral research, or pursue a career as a teacher, archivist, or in museums. Many of our students have specialised in local history and later progressed to jobs in the heritage and conservation sector.

In addition, your experience of individual research will help you to develop valuable transferable skills. You will have demonstrated your ability to understand and apply complex ideas; to collect and analyse large quantities of information; to manage your own time and motivate yourself; to construct reasoned and articulate arguments; and to reach carefully balanced judgements. This should equip you to embark upon a range of professional careers.



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University of Reading School of Education
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Gain in-depth understanding of the way young children think and behave. Focus on cutting-edge research in child development and theories of professional ethics and leadership. Read more
  • Gain in-depth understanding of the way young children think and behave
  • Focus on cutting-edge research in child development and theories of professional ethics and leadership
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Designed to be flexible and meet the needs of busy professionals

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Values and practices in education
  • Investigating education
  • Child development
  • The professional self in Early Years leadership
  • Improving teaching and learning

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.



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